Day 14. I’ve had a lot of challenges in my life. Most of them are about education. I have studied things I wanted to. The challenge has been how to stay motivated. I always preferred short educations. The longest has been 2 years. Before I applied, I thought it felt long. In fact, it went pretty quickly. Finding friends has never been an easy task for me. That is a challenge in its self. I have a hard time fitting in. Feeling a part of a group and then trying to stay motivated on the education, that is hard. I’ve noticed through the years that being part of something helps to get through a challenge. I overcame the challenge with help from the teachers and the school psychologist I went to. Without that, I probably wouldn’t have passed the education.
I take you back to 2009, when school started. It was a basic examination in graphic design. Photography was also part of it which is the reason I applied. It was in another city, so I lived in a dorm. I didn’t like to live there. There were too many noisy people. I didn’t have any friends to spend the evenings with. My classmates lived at home. I made my own entertainment. I went outside for walks and so on. The problem with my classmates was that most of them were smokers. It’s a bit unfair for those who don’t. Smokers bond, and they get to know each other that way. Smoking is an awful habit, and I would never start to get friends. All I had in common was education. In time, I get to know them. I’m still in contact with one of them on Facebook. They were friendly people, and we did get along fine. I wished they would have been someone who didn’t smoke. Who knows what they talked about on the breaks. The second year was a little better. There were times I thought about quitting because I felt left out. I wasn’t sure I wanted to study the subject after all. But luckily, I did. There were things I wouldn’t have experienced if I had quit. I got an internship in a local newspaper, and we also learned about portfolios. In 2011 the school was over, but I didn’t continue with graphic design until 2018. I was into photography which was the reason why I studied it in the first place. The education was useful in the future.
I’ve had another challenge that I overcame, but it wasn’t as hard as the one above. In 2016, I studied web design. It was for a year. The challenge in that was when the job learning started. We had one in the Autumn and one in the Spring. We had to find clients by ourselves. I thought I wouldn’t have found anyone, but then I did. The first job learning was complex, but the client was very understanding. Coding was complicated for me. I didn’t know if I could finish the project. Even the start was a challenge. The first one wasn’t crucial. It was only practice. The 2nd job learning was more important. We had to have at least 3 clients. I found two in the end. It would be our last assignment which we would present in front of three evaluators. I was really nervous. I don’t like to do presentations. I don’t know how I got through it, but I did. I passed the course, and I didn’t have to do the presentation again. I had experience with clients and project work, so at least I have something to give. It’s a great feeling when you know you faced a challenge and overcame it. You can be proud of yourself, and the next challenge will feel easier.
Next Tuesday (June 2) I turn 43. But age is nothing but a number. For some people birthdays can be embarrassing or they rather not make a big number of their age. Then there are these age crisis things. I didn’t have a 30 years crisis and not 40 years either. I had it at 25. I didn’t do anything special. I only felt I was useless and felt I hadn’t done anything I wanted to. Now I don’t care. You’re only as old as you feel. Other people’s opinions about your age don’t matter. I wouldn’t want to be in any other age because now I have the knowledge I didn’t have when I was younger. Instead of being outdoors in the warm and sunny weather, I made this list.
To ‘celebrate’ my birthday, here are various questions I found online. Trying to find 43 questions wasn’t easy. Most of the questions are from this site. It’s quite a long read so don’t rush it.
Some boring questions first
What is your full name? Mia Eva-Stina Salminen
What is your height? 5’7″ last time I checked
What is your favourite colour? Blue and purple
Sexual orientation? Straight but why label it? You are what you are. I respect all sexualities because, in the end, we’re all human.
What colour are your eyes and hair? Dark blue eyes. The hair colour depends if it’s clean or not. It also gets darker with age. When I was a child it was blonde. Maybe it’s more light brown these days.
This is where it gets more interesting
What TV shows are you into? I’m mostly into old TV shows and especially comedies. A lot of TV shows have ended and I haven’t found anything new to watch. I’m a fan of Game of Thrones and Prison break. I also like game shows like ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ I hate most of the reality shows. Or cheating shows as I call them.
Where would you rather be from? If I wasn’t from Finland it would either be Sweden or the UK. But I love Finland the best so I wouldn’t want to change it.
What movies do you like? As in TV shows, I love comedies. Jim Carrey is one of my favourites. I also love Lord of the rings trilogy and no matter what others might think, The Hobbit trilogy. There are a lot of movies I’ve seen several times so I don’t have an absolute favourite.
What job would you be terrible at? Anything that has to do with Math. I’m not very good with numbers. I also would be a terrible teacher. You need patience in that and I would just get upset at the student.
What skill would you like to master? I wish I could be better at making websites but I hate coding. There are of course ready themes but apparently, you shouldn’t use them. I also wish I was better at graphic design.
What takes up too much of your time? Being online. Also sleeping too long. I never have time to do anything because I sleep late.
What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to? Why certain people have to urge to act stupid. Especially young people. I also wonder why some people believe in stereotypes. I also can’t believe there is still racism around.
What do you consider to be your best find? The best find is that I finally know what I want to do for a living. It’s just that I don’t know if I ever be good enough.
What fictional character do you really wish would exist? If I said Loki, would you hold him against me? In a way, he already does. Not with that name but there already are divas who wanted attention because they didn’t get it at home the way they wished.
What popular TV show or movie do you refuse to watch? I refuse to watch reality shows like Love Island or Big Brother. I don’t care about other people problems. A movie I refuse to watch is ‘American Psycho’ with Christian Bale. Even though he’s one of my favourite actors. That movie is so creepy so no thank you.
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do? I don’t if it’s impressive but I can make up tunes with the recorder by just listening.
What game or movie universe would you most like to live in? Lord of the rings without all that war. I would live in Rivendell. It one beautiful places in that universe.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? What I do now. Blogging, writing fiction, cycling, watch movies, eat candy/sweets etc.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Live in solitude somewhere where there are no other people around and only the birds singing.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it? Entrepreneurship but the work to find paying clients is the reason why I don’t start. The other thing is not being confident enough about my skills.
If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do? Not crazy but healthy. All smokers are not allowed and no drunk people either. Or too noisy people.
What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get the point of? Fashion in general and people using toe sandals. Especially men, such a turn-off. The same with Crocs. Yuck.
What irrational fear do you have? Hating needles. That’s one reason why I don’t donate blood. Some might not think it’s nothing to be afraid of but just the thought of a needle is distressing.
Have you ever given to any charities? No, I don’t have that kind of money. I’ve been to two charity football matches though so in a way I have.
What’s the last adventure you went on? When I studied graphic design in Helsinki last year. I travelled there alone twice a month. That is an adventure in my eyes. Also walking or cycling outside is an adventure in itself.
What is something you will NEVER do again? Eat sushi. I tasted it once but I didn’t like it. I don’t know how somebody can. But we all have different tastes.
What do you hope your last words will be? “I wish I could have seen him” OK, that’s a quote from Lord of the rings. Maybe my last words would be “I have a million euros in a deposit box and the code is….” Then I die. There isn’t any money though 😆
What’s the best thing you got from your parents? To be myself and have respect for others.
What’s the best and worst thing about getting older? The best thing is that you’re wiser and the worst people think you’re getting too old.
What is something you are certain you’ll never experience? A personal thing. I’ll never get to experience passionate love. Someone who likes you the way you are and don’t expect for you to be like everyone else. Someone who can’t stay away from you. I know I’ll never have that and especially with certain men. That’s all I’m saying about that.
What is something that your friends wouldn’t believe was true about you? I have a dirty mind. Even if I don’t have personal experiences about a certain thing, I can still imagine it.
If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make? Be nice to others and don’t judge before you get to know a person.
If you could have a video of anyone in your life, what event would you choose? My mother, my sister and both of my grandmothers when they were all alive. Especially Christmas.
If you had a clock that would countdown to any one event of your choosing, what event would you want it to countdown to? I already have. A countdown to Elton John’s concert in September. But we’ll see if it will happen.
Have you had any pets and what’s your favourite pets? Never had any pets because my sister was allergic. I’ve always liked bunnies. It was the only animal I wasn’t afraid of.
What are you addicted to? Certain male voices. And music.
Have you met any celebrities? Finnish one’s only. I never meet any foreign celebrities. Ski jumper Janne Ahonen. I got his autograph. And TV presenter Roope Salminen. He’s a big star in Finland and so down-to-earth.
Have you ever been to the hospital? Visited and been a patient. My big sister was ill a lot so I never liked hospitals. Luckily I’ve only been twice as a patient.
Last but not least
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have? Mind control or moving around unseen. Maybe both.
What’s the tallest building you’ve been to the top in? Ski jumping tower in Lahti, Finland.
Who is your hero? It varies. It’s more about actions than a person. There are people I admire, like actors but also normal people. My parents can be heroes. The went through a lot and still managed. They were married for at least 40 years before my mother died.
What song always gets you out on the dance floor? I don’t like dancing. Not the song by that band I can’t remember the name of right now. I just don’t like dancing. I rather watch others dance.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Like Tom Hiddleston once said. Something like. My guilty pleasure is not having a guilty pleasure. I would say I do have pleasures but I don’t feel guilty about them. I don’t pretend to like something I don’t like.
If you got this far then bravo. You deserve a big hug. Thank you for reading.